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Re: Things to see, places to stay on Oahu, roaches

There is somrthing to be said for zone 5 where nasties don't get that big.

> [Original Message]
> From: cathy carpenter <cathyc@rnet.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 1/1/2003 5:26:45 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Things to see, places to stay on Oahu, roaches
> Almost all homes in Hawai'i are single wall construction (most with 
> neither heat nor AC) and when you live there you get used to the 
> cockroaches. Of course if I saw one it was DEAD! I even tolerated the 
> geckos in the house, because I figured anything that might eat 
> cockroaches couldn't be all bad. However, you also learned to recognize 
> that if they were big, they were refugees from outside, and if they were 
> small, they were breeding in your house and you had a problem (ie. call 
> the exterminator!). I received for Christmas one year a book called "The 
> Cockroach Combat Manual" that told me more than anyone would ever want 
> to know about the beasts.  They have even made their way into local 
> vernacular: to "cockaroach" means to steal. Now, let me tell you about 
> the centipedes: somewhere between 6 - 12 inches long and impervious to 
> any insecticide available to the general public - they literally have to 
> be beaten to death.
> Cathy

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